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Sidebar Manager Light


You can now replace an existing sidebar (widget area) with a custom sidebar for one or group of pages. The content of the new sidebar will be displayed on the exact same spot as the one you select to replace only for those pages you selected.

Once created all custom sidebars will be available in Appearance -> Widgets. You can drop any number of widgets in any of your custom sidebars. They work exacly the same way as the default once.

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Add as many sidebars (widget areas) as you need. Creating sidebars(widget areas) is unlimited.

WMPL plugin support so you can display sidebars and widgets based on language.

Sidebars can be displayed based on User role too.

Here are some examples:

Lets say you would like to display a certain set of widgets on your blog page, different set of widgets on your portfolio, and different set on your contact page. All that on the spot where the primary sidebar of your theme is located. You can do that by creating 3 sidebars replacing the primary sidebar and set each custom sidebar to display on blog or portfolio or contacts.

If you have an advanced theme that has some extra widget areas you can replace those as well. Practically any sidebar(widget area) can be replaced.

This is very easy and fun to do and requires no coding knowledge at all.

How Sidebar Manager Light works:

  • Create a custom sidebar
  • Choose which sidebar to replace
  • Choose pages that will display the new sidebar
  • Go to your widgets section and drop some widgets in your new sidebar


  • Create a custom sidebar(widget area), replace existing sidebar, select pages to display the new custom sidebar
  • Go to your widgets section (Appearance -> Widgets) and drop some widgets in your new sidebar


Please refer to online documentation page for more details and screenshots.


Please refer to online documentation page for more details and screenshots.


Otoba 24, 2018
It does not work … I had a new WP install and tried to use this to change the sidebar on blog page … it created the sidebar, but it DOES NOT replace the standard sidebar, even everything was properly selected and double checked in the plugin settings.
Janairu 6, 2017
It took me a while to understand that most plug-ins of this kind do not allow to define widget areas depending on the user role. So while this plug-in is rather simple overall, this feature makes it stand out.
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Contributors & Developers

“Sidebar Manager Light” is open source software. The following people have contributed to this plugin.



Updating to versiion 1.3 or higher requires deactivation of the old version first! More info here


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